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Five Things You Don't Know About Lenny Kravitz

23 March 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

This singer-turned-actor first debuted on the music scene in 1989 and was a dominant force throughout the 90s, crossing over several music genres and winning multiple Grammy Awards. His acting credits include The Rugrats Movie (Newborn Baby voice), Precious and the just-released Hunger Games. Here are five things you may not know about Lenny Kravitz.

1. Born Leonard Albert Kravitz on May 26, 1964 in New York City. His father was filmmaker and NBC TV news producer Seymour "Sy" Kravitz, while his mother was actress Roxie Roker, who was best known for playing the role of Helen Willis on the 1970s hit sitcom The Jeffersons.

2. Married to The Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet from 1987-1993 and they have a daughter together named Zoe.

3. Told Maxim magazine in 2008 that he planned to remain celibate until he remarried. But last year he backed away from the claim, telling Details: "I'm not going to deal with that question. I said it »

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Lenny Kravitz and his world of interiors

23 March 2012 5:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The singer-turned-actor talks about his parents' influence on his new album, his role in The Hunger Games – and his other passion: upholstery and interior design

Funny, I think, you compile a list of questions for a man known for his interracial heritage and for creating music that partakes equally of genres black and white, anticipating a conversation that will range back and forth across the racial faultlines of modern America – as indeed it does – and the first thing he mentions is your skin colour.

"You obviously didn't come here from the UK with that tan, now did you?" says Lenny Kravitz, shaking hands with a friendly smile. This being British press day in La, I guess that Kravitz has spent the morning talking to a succession of sun-starved and jet-lagged London journos, making my Hamiltonian mid-winter La hue more noticeable by contrast.

"Huh?" I say, wondering for a second if »

- John Paterson, John Patterson

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